The Other Guys
October 2, 2010
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Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay/Chris Henchy
Producer: Adam McKay/Will Ferrell/Jimmy Miller/Patrick Crowley
Starring: Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg/Eva Mendes/Samuel L. Jackson/Dwayne Johnson/Steve Coogan/Michael Keaton
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 107 minutes
For a while now, Will Ferrell has been an actor who has been on and off. Although he’s been in some great movies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Stepbrothers, there have also been some mediocre movies like Elf and bad movies like Land of the Lost (yeah, I didn’t like that movie much). However, watching The Other Guys was different and it’s good to see that, with the help of director and co-writer Adam McKay and actor Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell is back on form. The Other Guys is about two New York City detectives who, after the death of two of the city’s top detectives, decide to seize the opportunity to become the City’s next top cops. Add some humour, some impressive action scenes and two great lead actors and you have yourself one of the funniest action-comedies of 2010. The first thing that springs to mind is the fantastic chemistry that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have. Their comic timings were just right and the humour didn’t feel forced, it felt natural and looked like it was as easy as breathing to the duo. The Other Guys has an average story and there’s admittedly not much plot but what makes the The Other Guys work is the dry humour and the partnership between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg seemed an unlikely pair but that was the beauty of the movie as even though they were unlikely, they were hilarious to watch which made them a good comedy duo. Mark Wahlberg’s character, Terry Hoitz, may be a funny character and delivers the comical scenes with great timing but it’s Will Ferrell as Allen Gamble who steals the show completely. Allen Gamble may be one of the funniest characters I’ve ever seen in a movie from his unexplainable reason why beautiful women are deeply attracted to him to the lifestyle he used to live in the past, everything about Allen Gamble and his life is funny. It’s the mixture of Terry Hoitz’s angry personality and Allen Gamble’s nerdy and risk-free personality is what makes the duo work in so many ways.
Another thing that’s good about The Other Guys is the action scenes and the stunts. Everything was done very well and the opening of the movie was aimed to impress and it succeeded with style. With what I thought was an impressive opening, I thought it may be hard to keep up with the level of action but I had nothing to fear as there were some other cool scenes involving gunfights, explosions and car chases. There were a couple of times in the movie where it got a little tedious and repetitive but this was all forgotten about soon enough as Ferrell and Wahlberg both made almost every scene they were in a joy to watch. Adam McKay and Chris Henchy have both written The Other Guys and both have done a good job in writing something funny and enjoyable.
The Other Guys is something that definitely should be watched as it is not only a great comedy-action movie but it’s also very enjoyable and, in my opinion, one of Will Ferrell’s best movies as well. I truly do feel that, after all of the duds he has been in, he has definitely made it up to his fans by this movie and I think he could win over more people after The Other Guys. After this movie, Will Ferrell, all is forgiven! While this may not be the best movie Adam McKay has done (Stepbrothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is still at the top of the list for me), it’s still worth a watch however, I am still waiting for Anchorman 2! If you’re looking for an action movie as well as a laugh, then look no further than The Other Guys.